• Quick Facts About The New School


    The New School was founded in New York City nearly a century ago as an institution dedicated to intellectual and artistic freedom. Today it is a leading urban university offering some of the nation's most well respected degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in art and design, social sciences, liberal arts, management and public policy, and performing arts. The tradition of active learning begun in 1919 by John Dewey and other founders of The New School is reflected in programs that promote academic excellence, technical mastery, innovation, and engaged world citizenship.

    Academic Programs

    • Majors: 134 degree and diploma programs and majors housed in seven academic divisions
    • Student-to-faculty ratio: 9.1 (based on full-time-equivalent students to full-time-equivalent instructional faculty)

    Student Enrollment

    • Undergraduate students: 6,759
    • First-time entering freshmen: 1,063
    • Graduate students: 3,495
    • Place of origin: Students come to The New School from the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 118 foreign countries
    • Percentage of international students: 29%  
    • Multiracial composition: 5% of New School students from the United States report being of two or more races

    Study Abroad

    New School students have a number of opportunities for international study. Seventeen percent of the university's eligible graduating seniors have studied abroad. The New School offers study abroad programs in cities such as Bangalore, Berlin, Cape Town, Edinburgh, Florence, Kraków, London, Paris, Sri Lanka, and Verona. Students can also participate in ten pre-approved programs administered by New School affiliates.


    • Full-time faculty: 427
    • Part-time faculty: 1,716

    The University

    • Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
    • Mannes School of Music
    • School of Drama
    • School of Jazz
    • Schools of Public Engagement
    • The New School for Social Research
    • Parsons School of Design


    Number and country of origin of living alumni: 65,000+ from more than 100 countries 

    Notable alumni: Nina Arianda '06 (actress), Burt Bacharach '50 (composer), Peter Berger '50 (sociologist), Bradley Cooper '00 (actor), Thomas DiNapoli '88 (New York State comptroller), Tom Ford ’86 (fashion designer and film director), Ali Jackson '00 (jazz drummer), Marc Jacobs '84 (designer), Donna Karan '87 (fashion designer), Jeanine Liburd '95 (executive vice president, Black Entertainment Television), Brad Mehldau '93 (jazz pianist), Eduardo Ochoa ’84 (president, California State University Monterey Bay), Ana Oliveira ’84 (president, NY Women’s Foundation), Robert Pollin '82 (economist), Joel Schumacher '65 (film director), Richard Silverstein '70 (advertising executive), Lorie Slutsky '77 (president, New York Community Trust), Frederica von Stade '69 (opera singer), Dr. Ruth Westheimer '59 (therapist and author), Sean Wilsey ’95 (author), and Robert Wong '90 (chief creative officer, Google)
    Read more about New School Alumni.


    The New School is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


    David E. Van Zandt, 2011–
    Bob Kerrey, 2001–2010
    Jonathan F. Fanton, 1982–1999
    John E. Everett, 1964—1982
    Henry David, 1960–1962
    Hans Simon, 1950–1960
    Bryn Hovde, 1945–1950
    Alvin Johnson, 1921–1945

    Statistics reflect December 2013 data. For the most up-to-date information, visit Institutional Research.

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